Becoming an effective advocate for your children requires becoming involved in their education and their lives. Research shows that children whose parents are involved in their education do better in school. Schools need parent and family involvement to succeed just as much as your children do.
Head Start encourages parents and families to become involved in their children’s education, both in and out of the classroom. Some of the ways parents can support your children at Head Start include:
- participating in the classroom;
- attending Head Start staff/parent meetings;
- attending training to learn the rights and responsibilities concerning children’s education in school;
- getting involved in decisions about your children’s education by learning to communicate with teachers and other school staff;
- serving on a Head Start committee, such as the Policy Council or Advisory Committees;
- learning how to become involved in developing an Individualized Education Plan if your child has special needs; and
- creating a learning environment at home in an effort to support classroom learning.
To become better role models for your children, Head Start will help you explore opportunities to expand your education, find a job, and tap into support groups where parents and family members encourage each other.
When it’s time to move on, Head Start children leave with confidence and skills they need to succeed in kindergarten, first grade and beyond. Many of our participants have gone on to become business owners, teachers, lawyers, mayors, Members of Congress, athletes, Grammy-winning musicians, poets, and parents themselves.